The Epistemic Problem Does Not Refute Consequentialism

  title={The Epistemic Problem Does Not Refute Consequentialism},
  author={Tyler Cowen},
  pages={383 - 399}
  • T. Cowen
  • Published 24 November 2006
  • Philosophy
  • Utilitas
Should radical uncertainty about the distant future dissuade us from judging options by referring to their consequences? I argue no. Some short-run benefits are sufficiently high that we should pursue them, even if our long-run estimates possess a very high variance. I discuss the relationship between the epistemic argument and ‘fuzzy’ rankings and also ‘arguments from infinity’. Furthermore, extant versions of the epistemic argument require the assumption that we have no idea about the major… 


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